Nuffield report on grazing ruminants now available

The report, authored by Manitoba farmer Ryan Boyd, shares insights into regenerative agriculture, carbon sequestration, and how mixed farms can operate in financially and environmentally sustainable ways.

Ryan Boyd and his daughter Piper during a farm media tour in the fall of 2018.

Manitoba farmer Ryan Boyd has completed his international study on incorporating livestock into farming systems and compiled his learnings in a report titled Grazing Ruminants: A Long-Term Solution to Agriculture Profitability, Productivity and Climate Change.

Boyd is the recipient of a 2019 Canadian Nuffield Agricultural Scholarship. Nuffield Canada awards multiple $15,000 scholarships yearly to support a global opportunity to enhance leadership capacity for those focused on advancing Canadian Agriculture.

"The Nuffield experience gave me direction and confidence to pursue new ideas and think outside the box while not ignoring the realities of the world. The Nuffield network is broad and full of expertise that will be an invaluable asset for many years to come," says Boyd.

"Ryan's Nuffield report will pique your interest as he shares insights and benefits on regenerative agriculture, carbon sequestration, limiting the on-farm risk in climate change and giving farmers a profitable and environmentally sustainable option to managing mixed farming operations. This report is not only for the cattle producer but for grain farmers as well," says Léona Watson, Nuffield Canada executive director.

Ryan, Sarah and their family operate South Glanton Farms near Forrest, Man. Beef cattle and grain crops are grown in a regenerative farming system. Upon returning from Nuffield travels the Boyd’s Beef brand was launched providing opportunities for consumers to purchases local grass fed beef. The grazing system has been intensified to include ultra high density non selective grazing and a partnership with a local organic farm to graze organic green manure crops.

All Nuffield reports can be found on the Nuffield Canada website.

Since 1950, Canadian Nuffield Scholars have traveled the world and brought new ideas home. It is with the generous support of our investors and Nuffield Alumni that these international opportunities are made possible. June 30th, 2021 is the deadline to submit applications for the 2022 Nuffield Canada Scholarships. The 2022 Scholarship intake might be the largest ever with a potential seven scholars awarded this August.

For more on Boyd's Nuffield project, see this April 2021 Canadian Cattlemen feature or read the report.

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